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  • Rosemary's Baby
  • The Godfather
  • Romancing the Stone
  • Blade Runner

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  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★★½

  • The Deep House

    ★★★

  • The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★★

  • Michael Clayton

    ★★★★★

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  • Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

    ★★★½

    I’ve been away from Star Wars for a long time. I haven’t watched any of the TV shows (started Mandolorian but got sidetracked early on), haven’t even watched the last couple of films. I kind of got burned out with Last Jedi. Mistreated by Last Jedi. Abused. Yet, I feel as though enough time has passed, and it’s time to forgive. Why hold a grudge, and let Last Jedi destroy something that is perfectly workable otherwise? You don’t junk the…

  • The Deep House

    The Deep House

    ★★★

    It uses the haunted house formula we all know, coming off a bit predictable here and there, but I will admit The Deep House creeped me out some. The buildup while they’re exploring the house is intense, and I loved the little homages to Poltergeist. The concept is cool, and it’s well executed with lush underwater photography and atmospheric tension. I almost wish they hadn’t shown the ghosts, as it was working so well as it was. Still, not bad at all. Kind of like Grave Encounters, only underwater. Watched via Amazon Prime streaming.

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  • The Thin Red Line

    The Thin Red Line

    ★★★★★

    A shimmering fever dream of imagery, fire and smoke and reflective bodies of water and fat green sleeves of vegetation that sets a stage for Terrence Malick’s lost and doomed soldiers, who navigate it like an inescapable purgatory. Such a massive cast of actors, many of whom did not make this cut of the film. But Malick obviously realized the poetic subtlety of Elias Koteas and featured him prominently. You know anything starring Elias Koteas is going to be great. Watched via Criterion Collection Blu-ray.

  • The Beach

    The Beach

    ★★★

    Always had a soft spot for this movie, despite its many flaws. It seemed to have an edge in 2000, and its rogue, adventurous spirit spoke to me. I love the journey to the island, the decadent photography, the lush, romantic Angelo Badalamenti score—it's all very slick and dangerous feeling, like you’re there with Richard and Etienne and Francoise on this mysterious and incredible treasure hunt.

    But not long after they get the island, it all starts to unravel. Slowly…